How music artists protesting police brutality are showing support
We often look to our favorite artists for inspiration and guidance during difficult times.
While we acknowledge being a music artist does not mean you’re required to be a leader in all things activism, there are many artists that have used their platform to speak out against police brutality and racism.
Many artists receive backlash from their own fans and still many others are pressured by their record label to not get involved with “sensitive” subjects. Summer Walker is one of the latest to speak on this hypocrisy. So we’ve decided to highlight a few artists to follow for #BLM content and anti-police brutality resources.
Noname is known by many for her revolutionary and deeply knowledgeable politics. Her book club has always highlighted men and women writers of color as well as essential ideologies that reconstruct our sense of building positive community.
Some might consider her politics “extreme” but in reality, her perspective is one that is historically pro-Black. She also does not shy away from making sure that narratives that are not mainstream get her full attention and support.
If you’re looking for a good consistent resource for well thought out liberation information, Noname and her network got you with the political education.
Noname also got you with the hot takes and the hot ideas. Run that shit up.
Cardi B has always been dropping the truth on historical and institutionalized racism. She always speaks out against police brutality. She’s been active politically, and you all heard about her coronavirus videos.
Her content can be entertaining but if you stay passed the funny moments you’ll learn a lot. She’s always down for a sophisticated conversation on history and government.
Lately, she’s been discussing police brutality through topics like why protests are important and the value of voting.
She also calls out those who twist her message or try to claim she hasn’t always been for the cause.
KTLA SUCK MY DICK .Im not promoting violence in promoting the PROTEST . https://t.co/YDN6pCvL9C
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) June 2, 2020
Abel has not stayed silent during all this either. He’s been sharing important #BLM knowledge on his socials, and he’s been involved in important initiatives for the cause.
The Weeknd signed an open letter along with other artists calling for the Defunding of the police and increased funding for social programs like healthcare and education.
He has also donated up to $500k to several racial equity organizations such as Black Lives Matter and The Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative and National Bail Out fund.
He even called for the music industry which makes so much off of Black musicians and artists to donate and stand with the cause.
To my fellow respected industry partners and execs- no one profits off of black music more than the labels and streaming services. I gave yesterday and I urge you to go big and public with yours this week. It would mean the world to me and the community if you can join us pic.twitter.com/tWzHMacnu5
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) June 2, 2020
Being Black is not a prerequisite for caring for Black causes. The artist who has often been used as an example of how Black culture can influence white audiences and art, has offered up her huge platform to support #BLM.
For the past 6 days, since the George Floyd protests began, Billie Eilish has been posting content meant to educate and mobilize around the cause of anti-police brutality, including calling out the hypocrisy of #AllLivesMatter arguments.
He is a constant voice on the protests and offers up ideas to help the cause. He even addressed the role of looting and positioned the idea of having businesses clearly show their support in order to avoid it.
We should create a FLAG or SYMBOL that can be PLACED on THE STORE FRONT OF BUSINESSES(LOCAL AND CORPORATE )that SUPPORT THE PROTEST)…SO looters can know to leave those places alone .It will show if all looting is going on for the same cause , and protects supportive businesses
— Tory Lanez (@torylanez) June 1, 2020
He’s also been protesting and marching with the people, putting action behind his words.
— Tory Lanez (@torylanez) May 31, 2020
Sometimes actions speak louder than words. SAINt Jhn took his 100k video budget for his song Roses with Future plus some of his own money and is donating it to Bail Funds for protestors and across Black businesses.
SAINt Jhn is also regularly sharing commentary on police brutality and videos of police attacking peaceful protesters. He also emphasizes the importance of self-educating to have the greatest and most positive impact.
I ain’t do everything I can sis, I’m just starting with the sh*t that I know. Gotta educate myself on the sh*t I don’t understand well and then I’ll be able to do EVERYTHING I can https://t.co/BNhYk7qqj3
— SAINt (@SAINtJHN) June 1, 2020
Beyond that, SAINt JHN is offering up his time, money, and art to help the cause.
Enough with the pr company speeches. What we doing and how we doing it?! I’m willing to donate my time, my money, my platform, my artform!! I’m open to ideas. What are somethings we can start doing right now, Today?!
— SAINt (@SAINtJHN) May 30, 2020
We all know Michael Render AKA Killer Mike as an amazing pro-Black political organizer and mobilizer of political participation. He’s always doing the work when it’s in the mainstream news and when it’s largely forgotten.
Thinking more about what @KillerMike had to say and hope that people who watched and were moved by his words take today’s energy not only to the #vote out trump but to change their community. Do your due diligence on your local elections, don’t vote just because they have a D or https://t.co/3pbRn5fHQd
— Ducote Day Contreras (@ducoteday) June 3, 2020
His continuous self-education and passion for Black advancement also takes into account groups that intersect with Blackness or have proximity to Blackness.
Some of his views may be controversial on the surface such as his pro-gun stance however his arguments are well-thought-out. We should uphold his voice in general as a credible one in the movement for Black liberation.
He is of course one half of the rap duo Run The Jewels, where he and his partner El-P regularly rap about social issues, and their latest album RTJ4 is no exception.
— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) June 3, 2020
During this time, Killer Mike continues to be a leader and voice, being that correspondent on so many talk shows and news segments.
— Greg Spencer (@theegregspencer) June 4, 2020